There are two kinds of safeties: the finesse kind that play coy with receivers and perhaps break on more passes than they should, and the headhunter kind that live for the highlight-reel hit.
South Carolina's D.J. Swearinger doesn't just fall into the latter category, he defines it.
A projected second- or third-round pick, Swearinger was a four-year starter, a defensive captain, and the enforcer in Steve Spurrier's secondary. His 79 tackles were the second most of a team that features Jadevean Clowney. He also had two interceptions, one against Arkansas that he returned 69 yards for a touchdown.
Unfortunately the pick-six was bracketed by three penalties one for a horse-collar tackle, one for hitting a defenseless player above the shoulders, and one for throwing the ball into the stands after the touchdown.
You can't fault the young man's enthusiasm, but NFL teams have a right to be concerned about his propensity to lower the boom on defenseless receivers, sometimes below t...